SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A local couple is making national headlines after they say they were subjected to a “mock rape” scene at Akron Fright Fest, a Halloween attraction located at Kim Tam Park in Springfield Township.
Sarah Lelonek said she watched in shock as a masked man pinned down and began to aggressively thrust his hips against her boyfriend, Ryan Carr.
The couple reports the scene unfolded in one of the tamer haunted houses on the property that do not require a waiver.
In response, the attraction’s managing partner, Jeremy Caudill, said employees would be suspended, and offered the following statement:
"I was shocked and appalled when I learned about the allegations of a mock rape scene at one of the Akron Fright Fest haunted houses.
We're still investigating and trying to find out exactly what happened, and we're hearing some confusing, inconsistent reports. When we know more, we'll act based on what we learn. But I want to emphasize this point: There is no place for anything like this at our park.
Working with the haunted house operator, we also are taking these steps:
- Employees who worked in the area where the incident allegedly occurred have been suspended while we investigate.
- We are immediately employing additional security and adding monitoring systems in each of the haunted houses to have a safer environment for our customers and our staffers.
- We want to donate portions of our proceeds from the following two weekends to the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties. I will be getting in touch with leaders there to organize that donation."
Another thrill seeker, who did venture into the R-rated haunted house that requires a waiver, said he was forced down, gagged and had his eyebrow and hair cut.
The patron, Sai-Vaughn Barkley, noted there were signage and warnings over what could happen.
Ownership responded on Facebook, saying there are safe words that enable customers to freely escape the physical stunts and bullying.